RICHMOND -- A group of charter school advocates has organized a Feb. 1 education fair for parents and students interested in finding out more about West Contra Costa charters and community groups that provide education.

The group, known as All Our Kids, is hosting 19 schools and organizations at the event from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Richmond Public Library main branch, 325 Civic Center Plaza.

All Our Kids was founded by a group of parents "who share the strong desire of wanting more high-quality educational options in West County, particularly for underserved families," said David Richey, a spokesman for the Pleasanton-based Chamberlin Family Foundation, which is participating in the education fair.

The Chamberlin Family Foundation "has focused on public education as its investment priority, hoping to create a lasting impact for students in targeted communities," according to its website.

Among the charter schools to be represented at the fair are Manzanita Middle School, Richmond Charter Academy, Caliber Schools, Richmond College Prep Schools, Making Waves and Leadership Public Schools, all of which are operating or plan to operate in Richmond.

Representatives from Summit K2, a charter with plans to open in El Cerrito this fall, will also be available to dispense information and applications for its initial seventh grade class.


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Community groups will include Urban Tilth, an organization that hires and trains West County residents to build community gardens "to develop the capacity to produce 5 percent of our own food supply," and Bright Futures, a nonprofit growth and development center for school children.

Also present will be the Richmond YMCA; Richmond Sol, a sports club for boys and girls 18 years and under; Families That Care, a charter school support organization; and the nonprofit West Contra Costa Education Fund, which manages seven programs that "support the academic, social and emotional well-being of the students" in the West Contra Costa school district.

Representatives from Richmond High School, one of five comprehensive high schools in the West Contra Costa district, will be on hand to showcase the school's programs, according to Assistant Principal Summer Sigler.

Richmond High, the only district school participating, has offerings that might not be available at a small independent school, including a full array of sports teams, 20 clubs to join and five career technical academies, Sigler said.

"We want to publicize to the community things about our school that people might not know," she said.

IF YOU GO
What: West Contra Costa Education Fair
When: 1-4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Richmond Public Library, 325 Civic Center Plaza